Tell Congress: Pass comprehensive legislation to reduce gun violence
In the wake of another horrific mass shooting, we need to urge Congress to pass comprehensive legislation to reduce gun violence. It is critical that we keep up the pressure on both the Senate and the House to act to address this public health epidemic without further delay.
The National Rifle Association’s top legislative priority this year has been to roll back the regulations on what they call noise suppressors. The gun lobby claims the restrictions are costly and unnecessary since silencers are rarely used to commit crimes.
The GOP-sponsored bill, the Sportsmen Heritage and Recreational Enhancement Act (SHARE Act), would remove gun silencers from the list of items regulated by the 1934 National Firearms Act. Under current law, silencers , which reduce the noise emitted from firearms, are regulated as strictly as machine guns and short-barreled rifles. This bill needs to be stopped.
In addition to stopping the SHARE Act, there are a number of bills that need our support.
Senator Chris Murphy (D - Conn.) has also introduced legislation to strengthen background checks on gun purchases called the Background Check Expansion Act.
Sens. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., and Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., are introducing legislation that would prevent those convicted of domestic violence in the military from buying a gun.
Senator Van Hollen (D - MD) and Cardin (D - MD) have introduced legislation to ban assault weapons and in the House, Reps. David Cicilline (D-R.I.) and Ted Deutch (D-Fla.) introduced a bill to do the same.
- Reinstating the federal ban on automatic and semi-automatic assault weapons and large-capacity ammunition magazines
- Preventing known or suspected terrorists from purchasing a gun
- Requiring all those convicted of domestic abuse to turn in their firearms